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MTN Launches 5G Network in South Africa

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MTN South Africa has launched its commercial 5G network, providing access to 100 sites across the country.

MTN Launches 5G Network in South Africa

According to Godfrey Motsa, CEO, MTN SA, during the company’s live-streamed launch event, the telecommunication company stepping up its digital revolution with the next generation of technology with the capacity to bring about exponential improvements to the country’s economy.

“Today, from MTN’s birthplace of South Africa, we are stepping up our digital revolution with the next generation of telecommunication technology, demonstrating to all South Africans that 5G is no longer just an idea. It is here, it works and it has the capacity to bring about exponential improvements to our economy, and to the lives of the people we serve,” Motsa said.

The network today covers specific parts of Johannesburg, Cape Town, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth, Durban and other smaller towns.

“Our 5G strategy has been years in the making and we are confident that we have built a strong foundation to grow and support our 5G ecosystem,” said Giovanni Chiarelli, MTN SA’s chief tech and information officer, quoted by Tech Central.

Chiarelli said that the launch of the network is due in part by ICASA’s allocation of temporary spectrum.

The regulator had allowed certain telecoms additional spectrum in order to aid South Africans during the COVID-19 pandemic that has gripped the country tighter than any other in Africa.

“One of the key innovations driving the broad roll-out by MTN has been a strategic approach to dynamic spectrum sharing, as these deployments overcome the challenges of lack of dedicated 5G spectrum,” he says.

MTN’s 5G runs on four different spectrum bands known as the “golden band.” At 3.5Ghz, MTN offers some of its fastest speeds and lowest latencies. The “ideal spectrum band” has been deployed in sites across Johannesburg, Cape Town and Bloemfontein.

In this band, MTN re-farms some 4G spectrum in order to offer both 4G and 5G spectrum on the same band at the same time. This allows for easier migration of network technology from LTE to 5G. Further, MTN can use existing spectrum assets in the absence of additional high spectrum demand.

This band has been deployed in sites in Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth.

With this band, MTN is set to cover smaller towns and rural areas. Due to its low-band frequency propagation, the telecom believes this will be ideal in such settings.

Small towns covered by MTN’s 700MHz 5G include Port Alfred, Hopetown, Virginia, Queenstown and Tsantsabane.

A high-frequency bandwidth that offers very fast speeds. Ideal for fixed-wireless 5G connectivity.

This solution has been deployed in Pretoria, Edenvale and Durban.

Since the advent of cloud game-streaming, the main drawback for platforms in South Africa was always connection speeds.

Most cloud-based gaming requires vast amounts of data to be sent very quickly to and from devices to ensure smooth and fun experiences. Now, MTN says that with its 5G network it can facilitate just that.

“Cloud gaming will do to gaming what video-on-demand has done to TV, it’s a complete gamechanger only this is a game-changer that will be delivered by 5G,” the company said during its launch event.


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CWG Academy Graduates First Set of Online Students

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CWG Academy, the training and capacity building arm of CWG Plc, last weekend graduated its first set online students in a ceremony conducted online owing to the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the world that has forced many people and organizations to stay at home.

 

Speaking at the graduation ceremony, Mr. Emmanuel Effiong, director, CWG Academy, urged students who participated and completed the online programme, to go all out and be good ambassadors of the Academy, stressing that there is need for the graduating students to consistently learn and research as technology is dynamic.

 

“While we are happy to be graduating our first set of online students, we also want to tell you that great opportunities await you.

 

“We urge you to be good ambassadors because we know the training you got in the Academy has equipped you to face the future,” he said.

 

He added that there is a need for graduating students to continue to upgrade their skills from time-to-time.

Also, Mr. Adewale Adeyipo, chief executive officer, CWG Plc, called on the graduating students to look forward to what the world will present to them with boldness and enthusiasm.

 

He expressed the belief that the training has inculcated in them what they need to succeed in the business world, going by the testimonies from those who have graduated from the Academy in the last ten years of its inception.

 

“You have not only learnt different courses here, but have also been equipped to manage different projects.

 

“We encourage you to be mindful of what you have learnt here so you can excel in the business world,” he told the graduating students.

 

Meanwhile, one of the graduating students has hailed the expertise being deployed at the CWG Academy, believing that with the skills he has acquired, he can excel both as an employee or a business owner.

 

“I want to express my happiness as an Alumni of CWG Academy. I have heard so much about the Academy and decided to apply and be a part of it.

 

“Today, I am happy I took that decision because, with the skills I acquired, I can tell my future looks good,” he said with all enthusiasm.

 

Since its inception, the CWG Academy has trained and developed over 1,500 Professionals.

 

Some of these professionals, findings revealed, are working with Blue-Chip companies in Nigeria today.

 

Some have also gone ahead to establish their own companies as entrepreneurs and are doing very well.

 

The Academy is one of the many ways CWG contributes her quota to Nation building by ways of helping to tackle the Nigerian unemployment quagmire.

 

“What we do here is to create the know-how and the confidence needed to be the next set of Tech-leaders in Nigeria as we believe doing this will continue to create jobs for other Nigerians riding on technology,” Emmanuel added.

 

The Academy deals with four core areas of the Information and Communications Technology ecosystem.

 

They are Advance Service management, Data Centre Infrastructure Services, IT Infrastructure & Cloud Platform and Software Training.

 

 


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ATCON Urges Members to Follow Nigeria Data Protection Regulation

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The Association of Telecom Companies of Nigeria, ATCON, has urged members to comply with Nigeria Data Protection Regulation as stipulated by the federal government through the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

 

Mr. Olusola Teniola, President of ATCON, made this call at a virtual meeting on Nigeria Data Protection Regulation 2019: held on Monday, July 6, 2020, with the theme ‘Benefits and Compliance Process’.

 

Mr Teniola disclosed that the aim of the virtual meeting was to create awareness and encourage its members to implement the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation.

 

He called on members to ensure that they did not running against the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation 2019.

 

According to him, “ATCON partners with this company in order to prevent our members from running against the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation 2019.

 

“As we all know the Regulation aims at protecting and guarantying the safety of all users of web from the unscrupulous people who use their knowledge to defraud and cheat people who are genuinely transacting business over different websites (public and private).

 

“It should also be emphasized that data is now the new gold and it must be treated accordingly, ATCON embarked on the awareness and implementation of the data protection regulation because of its strategic importance to our members businesses and to reduce or prevent cybercrimes by ensuring the safety and protection of Nigerians digital details on the world wide web as the failure to give adequate protection to data could be very devastating and costly to individuals and businesses.”

 

He further commended Mr Inuwa Kashifu Abdullahi, Director General/CEO, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) for putting the document together for the benefits of Nigerians who have moved their physical transactions online.

 


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Njalo.ng Provides Nigerians with Access to Quality, Cheap PPE during Covid19

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Top priority for individuals and organisations – public and private sectors – is the health and safety of employees, customers, vendors, and their families.

Therefore, helping households, companies and the society at large, to put the necessary measures in place and the protection of people’s lives, is what has made Njalo.ng an online marketplace with a difference.

As the COVID-19 pandemic turns the global economy upside down, demand has become volatile, creating a variety of pricing challenges.

But as a Startup with eyes on long-term value rather than short-term gain, Njalo.ng has enabled sellers to offer the best prices to buyers, most of who have lost their jobs or financially down but need to protect themselves against the pandemic.

Launched on January 6, 2020, Njalo.ng, a classifieds platform empowers millions of individuals and businesses in Nigerians with free access to sell smartphones, cars, laptops, clothes, shoes, bags, property, furniture, books/literature, and kiddies’ clothes, among others.

As COVID-19 crisis is exerting sudden and unprecedented pressures—sometimes up, but more often down—on demand and pricing, it offers sellers a door to reach out to buyers by offering free placement of items and promoting such products across social media channels at no charge to the sellers.

Expatiating on the why they chose to support sellers, Mrs. Sandra Ani, Chief Operating Officer of Njalo.ng, said, although it is difficult to take a long-term view during a crisis of this nature, they expected that the sellers that emerge in the strongest positions will be those now taking a “through-cycle” view of their relationships with customers and the communities where they do business as part of an integrated approach with marketing and sales.

She said that Njalo.ng’s step is in line with the Federal Government and various State Governments’ call for support from the companies to assist with palliatives, especially in the fight against covid-19.

She said, “When Covid-19 was first reported in Nigeria in February 2020 and the subsequent lockdown in Abuja (FCT), Lagos and Ogun States respectively, nobody thought it was going to take this long before the economy opened up again. Just a few days ago the government announced that Students should get prepared for WAEC only to re-announce that Nigerian students are not likely for year 2020 WAEC examinations.

“So, at Njalo.ng, our aim is actually to empower as many people as possible, but not like directly donating Facemasks or Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to everybody, because the number is much.

“We thought of the best possible way to do this and we discovered that people have the need for quality products and secondly, at the best price.

“Suffice to say we are empowering the people to stay safe or contain the spread of coronavirus by offering SMEs the platform to sell personal protective equipment (PPE) to millions of Nigerians.

“Interestingly, our support here is that you do not have to pay to sell on Njalo.ng; we shoulder that for you.

“We are extending our hands to more merchants, SMEs and entrepreneurs to use this opportunity to make ends meet”.

She said that Njalo.ng has deployed a robust Customer-Care team to attend to the needs of both sellers and buyers. “This is why Njalo.ng’s slogan is Easy Sell, Easy Buy. We make life easy for you”, Mrs. Ani added.

According to her, Njalo.ng also encourages sellers to sell WHO (World Health Organisation’s) recommended PPE products as a means to curtail the spread of the virus.

 


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